Grand Enclos, du Chateau de Cerons 2006 from GravesIt is a beautiful evening here in London, so much so that work has ground to a halt and I have been forced by the blinding light of my own decadent will to open a bottle of something chilled.   So here it is, a Grand Enclos, du Chateau de Cerons 2006.  This is a blend of semillon and sauvignon and has a very distinctive nose.

The red from Graves are famous for good reason.  They are delicious and exude tonnes of terroir.  This wine is distantly straw like in colour and has a very complex and pleasing aroma.  There are slight hints of oak, butterscotch, lemon and even a bit of banana.  Weirdly lovely.  The acidity has softened with 6 years in the bottle but the flavours in the wine are very well integrated.  It is a joy to drink.

To help the transition of mood from work to play I am playing Stravinsky's 'The Firebird'… the music is electric and setting the wine fantastically.  So it is all high life, pleasure and movement here at the moment.  The door will open shortly and Ch will return and the evening's outcome will depend on her mood.

Grand Enclos, du Chateau de Cerons 2006 from Graves

£15.99 exclusive to M&S.

Winemaker and owner Nicola D’Auria greeted us at the entrance of this fascinating cantina. The winery and cellars have been designed by Rocco valentini in the shape of a vertical barrel in order to immerse the tasters senses in wine.

 

East from Roma to Abruzzo

From Rome we headed east to Abruzzo, a region of Italy that rises up like a burly landlord to greet the traveller. The Apennine mountains at their tops are stark and beautiful, lonely, yet fulsome. Rustic doesn’t quite do this landscape justice. It’s a place for pilgrims, peace lovers and, of course, we followers of Bacchic and gastronomic pleasure.

 

After days of picking grapes in one of the world’s most famous wine regions, the pickers get together to drink, chat and enjoy the drinks they are meticulously involved in the making of. 

Also check out local winemaker, Nico’s, top tip for a white Burgundy from Saint Aubin that you don’t have to travel to Burgundy to get!

 

What started in El Quatre Gats tapas bar in Barcelona, soon became an adventure in the Marche region of Italy, that lies along the east coast facing Albania across the Adriatic Sea. El Quatre Gats is famously where Picasso had his first solo exhibition as a young edgy artists in the Catalan capital and I was there dining with Dr Pia Casarini Wadhams, Director of Italy’s only Polar Institute, Il Polo.

 

The Palazzo is located in the centre of Fermo, a small Roman hilltop town with a rich history dating back to antiquity. Flying from abroad, Ancona is the closest airport, 67km north (about an hours drive) along the coast of the Adriatic sea.